Golden Bears blow golden opportunity

In one of the more bizarre finishes in a U-Sport game in several years – at one point conjuring up memories of Gar Heard/Phoenix Suns circa NBA Finals 1975 – Lethbridge Pronghorns rallied from a late, double-digit deficit at Alberta to win in double OT, knocking the Bears out of the #1 seed and spoiling their plans to possibly host the Canada West Final 4.  Some observers may postulate the theory of a “tank” by Alberta in order to avoid a possible semi-final match-up with 19-1 UBC but I simply do not subscribe to that theory.  There were multiple circumstances that set up the proverbial “aligning of the stars” in this one, beginning with every loose ball late in the game going to the visitors including a carom that 7’1″ Brett Roughead had in his hands that was somehow knocked away resulting in an “and 1”.  The late shot clock heave from the left wing by little-used Horns reserve Cameron Fisher that banked in for a three with just over a minute to play was arguably the biggest clue that something different was in the air.  But the most bizarre play came after Bears Ivan Ikomey knocked down a clutch three from the left wing with just 0.5 seconds remaining in the first OT, sending the Bears into a celebration.  However, Lethbridge called timeout and advanced the ball to the front court where a pass to Scott Mazutinec on the left baseline was smoothly redirected toward the rim, falling through after the buzzer expired that took the life out of Alberta – the game’s Garfield Heard moment from 1975.  Some may say that Alberta’s starters should have been on the floor – Bears reserves built a comfortable lead that appeared safe until the final minute.  In my opinion, putting guys on the floor who were cold after not playing would have been a mistake.  It is not so much that Bears reserves lost it as the Pronghorns, through a combination of good fortune and good shooting authored a miracle.  Alberta never trailed in the game until the second OT – a game they were in complete control of until the stars aligned against them.  This was definitely not a tank !  Just a bizarre set of circumstances that would be difficult to ever replicate.


4 thoughts on “Golden Bears blow golden opportunity

  1. I, also , “was there” and would say ” NO TANK”! Definitely a bizarre situation and a crazy “aligning of the stars” for the Pronghorns to win.


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